When he was little, my son Bryant wanted to be a cowboy more than anything. He loved the old cowboy movies and would carry his cap gun with him everywhere! He grew up to be an engineer instead of a cowboy, but when it came time to pick a theme for his birthday party this year, we reached back to the past and his love of cowboys...or as my Lone Ranger loving husband would say: "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when out of the past come the thundering hoof beats of the great horse Silver." Family birthdays at our house are not just a dessert bar. We have a big meal and all the fixin's.
Everyone knows that sons are special to their mothers, but Bryant is such a thoughtful and kind young man, and he has a heart of gold. He was the best little man ever and the most hilarious little boy you could ever imagine! He could make you laugh out loud just by smiling...and the looks he would give you were just flat out funny! He has the most expressive eyes ever, they are the most beautiful green. He is a great help to us, and we enjoy every chance we get to spend time with him and his wonderful wife, Kensy.
We've always had birthday parties, but we don't usually blog them. I never wanted to make our personal life commercial, but this time, on his 26th birthday...the first birthday married, we thought we would talk a little bit about what we did to make it special. A sweet friend at Morsel's Party Planning made these chocolate covered Oreos for us! We just loved the impeccable detail on the chocolate boots and how the base was reminiscent of a white picket fence!
Then for printable this time we turned to the very talented Tali at A Party Studio. She has some awesome western themed things that put us right in the mood! Geometric patterns are everywhere this year and I was so excited to see her use of argyle!
Then this little road runner has had quite a history at our house! We found him in Arizona and we have carried him with us. He had to be on the table for this party!
We found this chandelier that looked like it belonged at this party! We remembered reading from Eddie Ross that you could get old icky candles out of the holder by putting them in the oven! Ingenious...and it worked! We took out the dated gold color and put in the white. It was the perfect accent over our table.
For a grown-up Western party, we wanted something different than the usual hay bales and red bandannas. So, we decided to go casual - oiled bronze metal, red plates, and a truly one-of-a-kind leather-topped table my daughter over at GypsyCanon created.
For this creative table, she started with a plain wood table made out of 2x2's and 1x4's. Then, the fun began! She painted the table. Then she took belts of all shapes and sizes, cut them to the right length, and glued them onto the table!
Since the belts had been worn, they proved to be a little tricky to glue down. They had to be pressed into the glue, so she grabbed whatever heavy jars were handy. Some freshly made strawberry jam even made it to the rescue! I thought it was a stunning table and I am so pleased with what she did! You can find this table at Papa's Barn.
We found these antique bullets at the most interesting estate sale ever. We will have to tell you about that one later! They were empty and I knew they'd be perfect for this party! Bryant was immediately able to identify them as 30.06 rounds from WWII. He happens to be one of the smartest people I know!
I know lasagna isn't western, but it is what he asks for every year on his birthday! Grandma Young made a salad, and of course, we had his favorite birthday cake.
The cake we have made for him all these years came to being quite by accident. My parents were home on furlough from the Albanian mission field one year. My dad had been in the hospital, and I had run completely out of time to do much in the way of birthday parties. It was just one of those times when you do what you have to do. Getting my parents settled in after being at the hospital seemed a little more important. But we had to have a cake! I was in a panic! I know he loves chocolate, so I searched for a way to make something chocolate with what I had in the house. Boy did I have some fun chocolate! The Hershey Kiss topper was left from Valentine's Day, so that had to be on there, then we had a bag of Reese's. I chopped them up and put them on the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. It has been a favorite ever since.
We also wanted to show you how adorable the two of them are together! Could there be anything sweeter than true love? They had their special made His and Hers GreatStitch shirts on which made me very happy!
Here at GreatStitch, we believe you're never too old to have a birthday party. Make special memories that will stand the test of time!
The Good Stuff:
Party Styling: Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Party Printables: Talia at A Party Studio
Cookies: Morsels Party Planning
His and Hers Shirts: GreatStitch